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  1. Jan 22, 2009 #1
    Hey guys, I love the Physics Forum Community. I think there should be one addition to Physics Forums. I think there should be a Science/Engineering-Business Forum that allows people of Science/Engineering that also have Business/entrepreneurial interests or questions.

    For example. Should I share my ideas with my company. or How do I license my product or Intellectual property. or How can I keep my small optics company competitive with Asia.

    Thanks Guys
     
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  3. Jan 22, 2009 #2

    ZapperZ

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    The formation of any sub-forum here on PF is based on demand and popularity. We can't open a new forum each time someone thinks its a good idea. If we do, we would have a thousand different forums already by now.

    As far as I can tell, we haven't had any kind of frequent discussion on this, and therefore, there isn't a strong justification to have it. Such discussion can already be discussed in either General Discussion, or maybe even Career Guidance forum.

    Zz.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2009 #3
    These thoughts could probably be discussed in career guidance.

    Edit: doh! zz beat me to it!
     
  5. Jan 22, 2009 #4

    Evo

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    Great minds think alike? :smile:
     
  6. Jan 22, 2009 #5

    G01

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    As soon as I read the first post, my thoughts were, "How about Career Guidance?"

    So, I'm a great mind too I guess!:approve:
     
  7. Jan 22, 2009 #6
    I'm out of here!~
     
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  8. Jan 22, 2009 #7
    How did this go from a new forum to the ability of your great minds. Actually you have a mental quirk that allows significant attention to detail. Sorry, Career Guidance is the wrong solution genius. Don't build a wall around your intellectual city like Antoine Lavoisier because eventually you and your buddies will face the guillotine!
     
  9. Jan 23, 2009 #8

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    But they WERE a discussion regarding what you proposed, i.e. that PF already have forums that could cater to the type of discussion that you might want.

    Please note that you ignored the points that I made, i.e. regarding demands and popularity, and why we can't simply have a new forum each time one is proposed. If you don't believe me, do a longer browse in this Feedback forum. You'll notice that a lot of other people have made pitches for their own favorite topics. We can't simply cater to each one of them especially when there is no indication that there will be a large number of members who'll be posting in those topic.

    Condensed matter physics is the LARGEST topic in physics, and has the largest number of practicing physicists. Yet, on PF, it still doesn't get the same frequency of posting as, say, QM or SR. So even for something THAT big in practice, we can't justify it occupying a single forum all by itself, and therefore, that topic is lumped into other smaller topics.

    Now, if such field as big as condensed matter does not get a forum to itself, can you see why it is hard to justify another forum on a topic that gets even less traffic on PF? It has nothing to do with "building walls" (not sure why that would even come up). It has everything to do with being practical. There's nothing here that prevents you from having such a discussion in forums that already exist. If you do not know where to post something, ask!

    Zz.
     
  10. Jan 23, 2009 #9

    FredGarvin

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    IMO There are very few, if any, legitimate business owners/entrpenuers that post here. There would be very little honest discourse or guidance from people who are in the know or who have actually gone through the process of starting a legitimate company. I personally, would not want this sub forum simply because it will turn into a huge furball of nothing but garage startups that think they have the business model to create unlimited energy or some other form of nonsense.
     
  11. Jan 23, 2009 #10

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    This topic would naturally go into the PhD comics... Just draw a cartoon with a guy thinking, "How can I keep my small optics company competitive with Asia?"
     
  12. Jan 23, 2009 #11

    D H

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    ... and those that do don't give out details -- unless their goal is to turn their small optics company into a very small optics company.
     
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